CBP Runs for Special Olympics
Law Enforcement Torch Run raises $1600 for worthy cause
HIGHGATE SPRINGS, Vt. – , U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers and employees at the Highgate Springs, Vt. Port of Entry (POE) participated in the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Vermont Special Olympics, June 1.
This year was the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics Vermont.
Every year, the Flame of Hope is carried by Law Enforcement beginning in each corner of the state, passed along between different agencies until it reaches South Burlington, where the final leg begins with the athletes into the Opening Ceremony.
“I am proud of the determination and effort our CBP employees put into this worthy cause,” said St. Albans Area Port Director Gregory Starr. “It’s remarkable that, this year, CBP had the largest number of runners out of any other law enforcement agency in the entire state of Vermont, and also raised significant funds for the Vermont Special Olympics.”
Every year, t-shirts are sold to raise money in support of the athletes and organizing the games. Because of their success at raising more than $1250 last year, CBP was listed as a platinum sponsor on the back of this year’s t-shirts. This year, CBP set a new record for t-shirt sales in Vermont, by raising over $1,600, and as a result, will be listed as a platinum sponsor on next year’s t-shirts as well.
The northwest leg of the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run began at 8 a.m. at the Highgate Springs POE. In total, 21 CBP runners participated in this 8.7 mile leg of the run via U.S. Route 7 to the U.S. Border Patrol Swanton Sector Headquarters in Swanton, Vt.
The group ran in cadence carrying the Flame of Hope proudly through oppressive humidity and rain showers. At approximately 9:25am, the runners completed their leg and passed the Flame of Hope on to the Swanton Sector Border Patrol’s Acting Chief Patrol Agent Garcia, where he and Vermont State Troopers continued its journey to South Burlington.
The following day, the CBP Vermont Honor Guard presented colors in the opening ceremony of the Vermont Special Olympics at University of Vermont’s Roy L. Patrick Gymnasium in Burlington. Additional CBP participated in the final leg of the run, alongside participating athletes, as the Flame of Hope was carried into the stadium. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy attended the opening ceremony as well and thanked the Honor Guard for their participation.
Special Olympics Vermont contributes to the physical, social, and psychological development of people with intellectual disabilities. Through positive experiences in sports, athletes gain confidence and build positive self-images, which they carry with them into their homes, classrooms, jobs, and communities.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.